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03/07/2011

And now for something different: News about a CBS comedy star doing something 'Normal'

by Jeremy Hooper

Parsons-heart-ebay-shirt"The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons is joining Lee Pace of the beloved "Pushing Daisies", as well as the previously announced Joe Mantello, Ellen Barkin, and John Benjamin Hickey, in the upcoming Broadway revival of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart." Joel Grey to direct:

The story of a city in denial, The Normal Heart unfolds like a real-life political thriller -- as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence. First produced by Joseph Papp at New York’s Public Theater, the play was a critical sensation and a seminal moment in theater history. So ahead of its time was this play that many of the core issues it addresses – including gay marriage, the healthcare system and, of course, AIDS – are just as relevant today as they were when it first premiered.
'Big Bang Theory' Star Jim Parsons Takes Broadway Stage With 'The Normal Heart' [Deadline]
*Picture source: Jim Parsons heart tee, eBay

It's one of those plays we keep hoping will be revived as a reflection rather than an as an ongoing reminder. But not yet. It's a period piece, yes. But the subject matter still ends in a comma.

A good role for Parsons, though. Winning!

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